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State police dog helps find alleged car thief, then woman with dementia

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Police K-9 Yorik and his handler on Wednesday night found a man who allegedly tried to gain access to a woman's vehicle in Montville and on Thursday morning found an 88-year-old woman who had walked away from her apartment in Groton, state police at Troop E said in a Facebook post Thursday afternoon.

Around 11:31 p.m. Wednesday, K-9 Yorik and his handler, Trooper 1st Class Garrett Boehm, responded to Holly Hill Road in Montville after a homeowner observed an unknown man trying to get into her vehicle, police said. The team tracked north down the road about a quarter mile and found a man hiding behind a truck.

Police said they took the accused, a 37-year-old Hamden man, into custody without further incident, charging him with attempted larceny, burglary and trespass.

Around 6 a.m. Thursday, the duo was dispatched to help Groton police find an 88-year-old woman with dementia who had walked away from her apartment near Crown Knoll Court, police said. After a roughly one-mile track through ravines and woods, they found her stuck in a gully near a stream.

e.moser@theday.com

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